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Susan E.'s Comment
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Hi all,

I'm a 60 year old female looking to get into the trucking industry. I am a school bus driver now so I have my CDL class B. I don't have a lot of money and live in PA and would like to go to a trucking company that pays for my CDL class A. I would like to do just local routes and be home weekends, so should I look for a company that has teaching locations in PA?

Any recommendations of trucking schools in PA?

Thanks Sue

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Splitter's Comment
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Hi all,

I'm a 60 year old female looking to get into the trucking industry. I am a school bus driver now so I have my CDL class B. I don't have a lot of money and live in PA and would like to go to a trucking company that pays for my CDL class A. I would like to do just local routes and be home weekends, so should I look for a company that has teaching locations in PA?

Any recommendations of trucking schools in PA?

Thanks Sue

This is the only company I know of that might fit your criteria. https://www.aduiepyle.com/careers/

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Susan.

Something to keep in mind; local work can be very difficult for a new driver. We do not usually recommend it. Check out the TT diary section and review Rob's Local Food Service thread providing a glimpse into Rob's world of what it's like.

That said, as Splitter suggested A Duie Pyle does train. Here is a link to their school: A Duie Pyle Driving Academy

Probably worth a call.

Good luck!

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Susan E.'s Comment
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Hi,

Thanks for the replies, but Duie Pyle wants you to work as a dock worker because you can drive. I'm not into dock working. Lol.

Thanks anyway

Sue

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

G-Town's Comment
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Susan I noticed that you basically posted the same thing 7 months ago in the ladies forum. "Susan" one of our moderators provided a very good reply and also listed the Trucking Truth starter links for you to review:

Have you read this material? It will help you establish a realistic set of expectations and a solid knowledge base to get you started.

That said; there really is not a shortcut into this business. My suggestion is to research the companies found in this link:

Paid CDL Training Programs

And use this link to launch multiple applications to these schools:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Companies like Swift, Werner and US Express (to name just a few) have many regional , Dedicated Accounts that can get you home on weekends. Put some applications out there and talk to the recruiters to see what your options are. Also keep in mind, where you live in proximity to the school's location is not necessary.

In order to gain the year or two of experience necessary to prepare and qualify for local jobs may require you to make some additional sacrifices. Keep that in mind.

Good luck.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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